Government Quiz 4

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Government Quiz 4


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  • 1. 
    Which of the following forms of legislative action is used by the Texas legislature to propose constitutional amendments?
    • A. 

      Bill

    • B. 

      Simple resolution

    • C. 

      Concurrent resolution

    • D. 

      Joint resolution

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Education bills

    • B. 

      Revenue bills

    • C. 

      Local bills

    • D. 

      Welfare bills

  • 3. 
    An effort to force the withdrawal of a controversial bill through the use of the unlimited privileges of debate in the Senate is called a ____.
    • A. 

      Cloture motion

    • B. 

      Consent decree

    • C. 

      Filibuster

    • D. 

      Gerrymander

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    Differences between bills passed by the House and Senate are resolved by what type of committee?
    • A. 

      Standing

    • B. 

      Select

    • C. 

      Joint

    • D. 

      Conference

    • E. 

      Rules

  • 5. 
    The public often criticizes legislators for being unprincipled, apparently because it does not understand the role of ________ in the political system.
    • A. 

      Interest groups

    • B. 

      Morality

    • C. 

      Compromise

    • D. 

      Money

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    In recent years, the legislature in Texas ______.
    • A. 

      Has become more rural and more Democratic

    • B. 

      Has become more alike in both Houses

    • C. 

      Has become more liberal and Republican

    • D. 

      Has become more urban and more Republican

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      Reducing the number of committees

    • B. 

      Establishing a joint budget committee

    • C. 

      Providing more professinal committee staff

    • D. 

      Adopting a stricter seniority rule for committee membership

    • E. 

      Curbing the influence of the lobby

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      Governor

    • B. 

      Lieutenant governor

    • C. 

      Speaker

    • D. 

      Attorney general

    • E. 

      Comptroller

  • 9. 
    Most critical for a bill's chance of success is ________.
    • A. 

      A bill that is controversial

    • B. 

      A favorable committee assignment

    • C. 

      A sponsor who has a political agenda

    • D. 

      A public hearing

  • 10. 
    The Senate Health and Human Services Committee ____________.
    • A. 

      Conducted interim studies

    • B. 

      Held hearings

    • C. 

      Reported a bill to limit children's access to tobacco

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    The bill to limit children's access to tobacco__________.
    • A. 

      Generated very little publicity

    • B. 

      Had little resistance from the tobacco lobby

    • C. 

      Was wanted and lobbied for heavily by the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Kids

    • D. 

      Was killed by a filibuster

  • 12. 
    Parliamentary procedures enable _________.
    • A. 

      The speaker and lieutenant governor to control the legislative process

    • B. 

      Legislators to call for points of order if they find that bills have not been processed correctly

    • C. 

      Legislators to move bills out of unfriendly committees

    • D. 

      Both B and C

  • 13. 
    Bankers and mneylenders in Texas ___________.
    • A. 

      Were opposed to home equity loans

    • B. 

      Favored home equity loans

    • C. 

      Would not present their opinions

    • D. 

      Worked with realtors to defeat passage of any changes